Posts by gavin

House/Simple Church Ministries Growing

Posted by on Aug 29, 2020 in Blog | 0 comments

House/Simple Church Ministries Growing

“Ministry” as a vocation is usually considered a two-choice path: the traditional church route or para-church route.  However, an exciting third path is emerging!  God is equipping individuals and families to serve full-time outside these structures as local missionaries helping to plant and lead simple/organic/house churches.  Pictured here are two such friends and co-laborers here with me in Central Kentucky!  While each of us started from different places (Moise is a former engineer, Kaleb came from a traditional church pastor role, and I started with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes), all of us have found ourselves fully available to focus on...

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Rethinking The Great Commandment

Posted by on Jul 9, 2020 in Blog | 1 comment

Rethinking The Great Commandment

Simple church has led me to some unexpected places in my faith. Most recently, I have found myself reconsidering the Greatest Commandment quoted by church leaders across the globe (even here on this site) as a foundational pillar of the Church’s mission. I have encountered compelling arguments that have persuaded me that we are misguided when we hold up the Greatest Commandment as the focus of our faith.   Have you actually been able to live out this command?   Have you been able to love God with ALL of your heart, soul, and mind?   Have you crafted more laws to help you obey this one?   Have you broken unity with brothers and/or sisters in Christ...

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“Going To Church” By Dana Vogel

Posted by on Apr 28, 2020 in Blog | 2 comments

“Going To Church” By Dana Vogel

By Dana Vogel We all know it’s important to meet together often as believers for our mutual encouragement. This is true and good. What’s not necessarily true and good, is that many of us equate this with Sunday worship service. My submission to you is this: weekly service attendance is too much and not enough at the same time. What do I mean by that? TOO MUCH: It’s too much simply because there is no command in the Bible to “go to church”. Or to go once a week, or to attend any specific kind of service. In fact, at certain times, a believer may not even have the privilege of any Christian fellowship whatsoever (think of Paul in prison, as an example.)...

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Godspeed (Video)

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in Blog, Teachings, Video | 0 comments

Godspeed (Video)

I wanted to take a second and pass along this video entitled “Godspeed” my friend Bart Scarborough turned me onto.  While not directly related to “simple church” per se, for me personally, the idea of living life at a pace similar to Jesus is something I find intriguing, challenging, and very much connected to my journey with simple church.  There is plenty to take away from this for anyone desiring to simplify their life and faith and emulate the way in which Christ went about impacting the world. Godspeed: The Pace of Being Known (subtitles) from The Ranch Studios | Danny Lund on Vimeo. Questions for Discussion:1. In what ways is this...

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Connect This Week!

Posted by on Apr 6, 2020 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Connect This Week!

Karla and I want to provide some opportunities for connection and conversation this week. We invite you to jump on zoom for an hour with other simple church folks.We will NOT have our Good Friday network gathering at the Prayer Room in Lexington, rather we will host communion together via Zoom. If you have never hosted communion with your family or household, this will be a great opportunity to do so! Here are a few thoughts on Friday’s meetup: 1. You can take part in this time at the dinner table or just wherever you find yourself. 2. There will be some songs shared, but we will not sing together on zoom. We’ll ask folks to mute their microphones for that part and...

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Virtual Simple Church

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Blog | 2 comments

Virtual Simple Church

I was really encouraged by a very simple post by Roger Thoman this morning over at the Simple Church Journal.  I’ve mentioned him here before and I would highly recommend that you follow his blog.  The post was about “virtual house church” and I basically thought I’d copy the idea here. With the quarantine in place, many simple churches are meeting online with zoom, skype, facetime, etc.  Since simple church is really all about relationships, this is a fairly natural transition for many communities.  With certain changes to American life and the “church” coming in the months ahead, even post-quarantine, perhaps this will be a trend...

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“Finding Church” Book Discussion April 22

Posted by on Apr 2, 2020 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

“Finding Church” Book Discussion April 22

  “What if the church Jesus is building looks more like wildflowers strewn across an alpine meadow than a walled garden with manicured hedges?”   Finding Church Book Discussion Wednesday, April 22 / 7:30-9:00 PM EST Join us for this special online leadership gathering as we discuss the book “Finding Church” by Wayne Jacobsen.  At a time when many people are having their “church” experience upended, perhaps there is no better time to examine the questions and insights addressed in this book.  What does it look like for us to “find church” in our day? In my opinion, this is one of the more important books about “church” I’ve...

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A Church of Two…Now More Than Ever!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2020 in Blog | 1 comment

A Church of Two…Now More Than Ever!

As folks deal with the quarantine and COVID-19, Christians are discussing how to continue worship services.  What if we consider “church” of a different kind?  What if the Body of Christ recaptured the blessing of a church of two? Jesus said, “Where two or more gather in My name, I am with them,” (Matthew 28:20).  In my experience, understanding and experiencing the reality of church expressed in the relationship with at least one other believer is a basic building block in the Kingdom.  This type of church leads to life-changing discipleship and fulfillment of the Great Commission! A church of two is easy, but it’s often overlooked and...

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Simple Church Network Gathering Online – Sat. Mar 28

Posted by on Mar 24, 2020 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Simple Church Network Gathering Online – Sat. Mar 28

Saturday, March 28 9 AM to 10:30 AM Below are the instructions for Joining us on Zoom this coming Saturday!  We hope you can join us via your phone or computer for a brief time of encouragement with simple church leaders from around the region.  Everyone is welcome to participate.  We hope to see you Saturday on Zoom! Note:  If you have the zoom app on your phone you should be able to just click the link and join the meeting on Saturday.  You may choose to select the option to use your phone for the audio as that seems to work well on the phone.  The great thing about zoom is that it is very user friendly.  Also, on your computer, the link should guide you right...

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3 Ideas for “Having Church” In Your Home

Posted by on Mar 20, 2020 in Blog | 1 comment

3 Ideas for “Having Church” In Your Home

I don’t like my own title of my own post, because “church” is not something you “have” it is something you are.  Nevertheless, with the Coronavirus canceling church services across the land, folks are starting to ask questions about what “having church” in your home looks like. My experience has led me to the conclusion that our understanding of being the church, the object of Christ’s love, receiving that love and passing it along to others (John 13:34) drives our gatherings. I wonder if forgoing a “church service” to wrestle or commune with God, individually or as a family, with how to follow Jesus without...

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